Harvard Law School,
J.D., cum laude, 1979
University of Missouri-St. Louis,
B.A., summa cum laude, 1976
Mayflower Transit, Inc.
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital
United Van Lines
United Way-Greater St. Louis
Named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Compliance Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers®, 2013; 2015
Named Lawyer of the Year for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers®, 2014
Named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers®, 2011
Listed in The Best Lawyers In America®, 2001-2017
Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Law
Listed in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A in St. Louis, 2009-Present
Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2008
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2012
American Heart Association
Arthur Strauss Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, 2002
Missouri Hospital Association
Excellence in Governance Award Recipient, 2010
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 1997
Thompson Coburn LLP
Chairman, 2002-Present; 1995-1997
American Heart Association
Director, St. Louis Chapter,1988-2000
Director, Missouri Affiliate, 1992-1998
Chairman of the Board, St. Louis Chapter, 1991-1993
Boy Scouts of America
Director, Executive Committee, St. Louis Council, 2010-Present
COCA (Center of Creative Arts)
Director, Executive Committee, 2009-Present
Navy League of St. Louis
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Rehabilitation Center
Director, Executive Committee 1987-Present
St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association
Director, Executive Committee, 2011-Present
Corporate Secretary, 2011-Present
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Director, Executive Committee 1997-Present
Chairman, Professional Division 1996, 2006 and 2008
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Member, Chancellor’s Council 1997-2003; 2006-Present
Chairman, Chancellor's Council 2015-Present
Tom has served as chairman of Thompson Coburn for 16 years, leading the firm through a period of growth and nationwide expansion. As a legal advisor to some of the region's largest companies for more than 30 years, Tom has helped executives pursue fundamental change for their own organizations and achieve high-level strategic objectives.
Tom takes an executive's approach to the practice of law. He communicates clearly and simply, distills complex information into actionable items, and negotiates thoughtfully and efficiently to achieve win-win results in high-stakes transactions. He has served as lead outside counsel to Enterprise Holdings as it has become the world's largest rental car company; to Barry-Wehmiller as it has grown into the largest packaging machinery manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere; and to UniGroup, the parent of United Van Lines and Mayflower, as it has become America's largest household goods moving business. Tom frequently draws on his own experience as the leader of a $200 million business to counsel executives on a full range of issues, ranging from corporate expansions to shareholder issues to executive personnel decisions. He also helps them develop their own business networks.
Repeatedly recognized as a St. Louis Lawyer of the Year in multiple fields by The Best Lawyers in America®, Tom has led major transactions across the country involving business acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, shareholder relations and redemptions, private placements, corporate restructurings, commercial financings and asset securitizations. As clients reported to Chambers USA, which has recognized Tom as a top-tier Corporate/M&A attorney, he has a "substantial depth of experience across the spectrum" and does a "great job of marshalling the resources of the firm to meet our needs."
Tom is also a recognized leader in the St. Louis civic and charitable community and devotes significant time and resources to a wide range of organizations dedicated to education, health care, the arts, youth activities and economic development.
Lead finance counsel for Enterprise Holdings, Inc., during its multi-billion dollar acquisition of National Car Rental and Alamo Rent-A-Car
Lead international finance counsel for Enterprise Holdings as it expanded its operations into Canada, Great Britain and throughout the European Union
Lead mergers and acquisitions counsel for United Van Lines during its acquisition of Mayflower Transit Inc.
Lead mergers and acquisitions counsel for Barry-Wehmiller Group during its growth into a multi-billion dollar enterprise via over 70 strategic domestic and international acquisitions
Lead outside corporate governance counsel to the board of directors of UniGroup, Inc., the world's largest household goods moving and storage company
Regular corporate counsel to numerous mid-sized and smaller privately-held businesses, including Mom365, Inc. (nationwide infant photography business), Patriot Machine Inc. (aircraft parts manufacturer) and Cummings, McGowan and West, Inc. (construction equipment distributor)
Corporate counsel to a wide variety of leading St. Louis area non-profit agencies, including the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital, the Boy Scouts of Greater St. Louis, the Center of Creative Arts, and the American Heart Association, St. Louis Chapter
Advisory director to U.S. Bank National Association
"7 big things for all businesses to know";
St. Louis Business Journal’s 2014 Top 150 Privately Held Companies Dinner, May 2014
University of Missouri-St. Louis 50th Anniversary Jubilee, September 2013
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